Why adding Roy Burns to Friday the 13th: The Game makes perfect sense


Many fans are getting sad about Roy Burns being added to Friday the 13th: The Game, and I’m here today to explain why they all need to stop complaining.

One man’s copycat is another man’s Jason.

Recently, Gun Media and Illfonic announced a new free update dropping for Friday the 13th: The Game. At no extra charge, new content from Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning will be added to the game. This includes both the location from the film, the Pinehurst Youth Development Center, as a new map, as well as Part V‘s Jason as the next playable killer!

Of course, those who’ve seen the movie (SPOILER ALERT) know that, technically, A New Beginning‘s Jason isn’t really Jason. A twist ending reveals it to be copycat killer Roy Burns, a madman inspired by Jason to carry out his own killing spree after the murder of his son. This controversial ending didn’t sit right with many fans, and some of that hate is now bleeding into Roy’s inclusion in the video game.

If you spend any time on social media, you’ve already seen the complaints. “He’s just a human,” some fans lament. But let’s not forget that Jason as seen in the the three films before Part V is arguably “just a human” as well.  Part 2 Jason isn’t shrugging off bullets in the film the way he is in the video game, but nobody has anything to say about that. Jason in the second, third, and fourth movies is certainly a brute, but even he wouldn’t be able to do many of the things he’s capable of in the video game.

Not Jason, but close enough.

People also need to finally start letting some of that Part V hate go and begin giving Roy his due credit. The guy was an absolute maniac, perhaps even deadlier than the Jasons before him. Part V had the highest body count in the series up to that point. And stopping him took a tractor, a chainsaw, a machete, a knife, a fall, and impalement. Even an older and stronger version of the boy that killed Jason needed help to stop Roy. He’s no less tough than Jason, whether you want to admit it or not.

Besides, even in A New Beginning, the killer in the movie is still Jason, for all intents and purposes. It’s only Roy before and after he puts the mask on. Once the hockey mask is donned, Roy becomes Jason. He does this in his own mind as well, actually believing himself to be the Crystal Lake slasher — which explains why it still makes sense for him to “hear” his mother talking to him. There’s no need to edit out Pamela’s voice, as funny as it is to envision them replacing it with Joey’s. I can just imagine him saying, “Get them, Dad! I think they’re really out of line!”

via Gun Media

There was a man so cold, no life was in his eyes.

Anyway, here’s my final point. This new content is FREE. Don’t like it? Don’t use it. You won’t be charged either way. For the life of me, I just can’t figure out why people get so sad over free content. There’s literally nothing worth complaining about. Just play the game — or don’t, if it makes you that unhappy.

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In any case, Roy Burns and the Pinehurst map are coming to Friday the 13th: The Game on Jan. 30. Haters can say whatever they want. But I’m personally never going to play as any of the other Jasons again.

Friday the 13th: The Game is available on Xbox One, PS4, and Steam.